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We test over 60 basic digital cameras in the CHOICE labs, including models from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung and more.
For those of us more concerned with quickly capturing that 'Kodak moment' or snapping shots at a family party than fussing about with lenses and exposure times, a basic digital camera is really all we need.
This in-depth test looks at the picture quality, ease of use and basic functionality offered by a number of different models, to help you decide which camera will best suit your needs.
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This is the manufacturer's stated minimum aperture range in f-stops, wide to tele.
Adjustment range in stops.
In two and 10 seconds.
Either the lens elements or the sensor moves to compensate for camera shake.
Vertical x horizontal, degrees.
Measured from camera off until the first frame is shot.
The camera will select the highest shutter speed possible in the conditions.
The number in brackets indicates the number of shots possible before the camera's buffer is full.
The camera takes one photo at a specified interval for a given period (e.g. one shot per second for 20 minutes).
The maximum progressive frame rate possible.
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